The Chelsea board has lined up former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel as their new boss if their fortunes fail to improve under Frank Lampard, according to reports.
Chelsea succumbed to a chastening 3-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, going into half-time with a three-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge before scoring a stoppage-time consolation through Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The defeat leaves them ninth in the Premier League table after 17 games as Lampard’s fate hangs in the balance following a run of just one victory in seven games.
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And The Sun claims that Chelsea are ‘ready to move for Thomas Tuchel if boss Frank Lampard fails to turn things around’.
Tuchel’s two and a half year spell at PSG came to an end in December, despite the former Borussia Dortmund manager guiding the French giants to the Champions League final last season.
They were defeated 1-0 in the final by Bayern Munich and are are currently third in Ligue 1 and it was their disappointing league form that led to Tuchel’s demise.
The report adds that there is ‘mounting pressure’ on Lampard but that he is in ‘no immediate danger of being sacked’.
The Chelsea board are ‘on alert’ after PSG sacked Tuchel ‘with a view to a possible change in the summer if results do not improve’.